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ESI ThoughtLab gathered benchmarking data from 100 cities, conducted in-depth interviews with city leaders, and drew on valuable input from a cross industry coalition of leading firms and research organizations. This study provides an evidence-based roadmap that cities can use to become vibrant, hyperconnected urban centers of the future. We hope that cities will find it a valuable tool for planning ahead.
"Public leaders understand that digital transformation is the key to success. However, many struggle with how to accomplish it when they are faced with complex infrastructures, multiple platforms, the need for different types of data, and customized technological applications. Across the board, the research tells us that the cities that overcome these challenges are the ones that recognize the greatest benefits."
-Susan Wilkinson, Director, Business Strategy, Smart Cities, Microsoft
Research Coalition: Sponsors and Research Partners
Building a Hyperconnected City was sponsored by a cross-industry coalition of companies that specialize in urban innovation and development. Each organization is an expert in its own field and would be happy to share its perspectives on the research and best practices for your city.
ESI ThoughtLab was also fortunate to have a group of distinguished research partners that provided valuable inputs and guidance throughout the process. Their blend of perspectives ensured an insightful and balanced view of the issues that urban centers face as they strive to interlink their urban ecosystems.
We would like to thank our sponsors and research partners for helping us develop this groundbreaking study.
Cities Jump on the Bandwagon to Benchmark their Smart Investments and Performance
The list of cities which participated in our benchmarking program are listed below in alphabetical order. All cities that involved can receive a free, comprehensive database showing how their smart investments, plans, and outcomes compare with other cities around the world.
"Hyperconnected communities are the art of the possible—future cities that offer vast improvements in the quality of life for citizens and huge potential for efficiencies across government and the connected ecosystem."
-William Baver, Vice President, Smart World Team, NTT DATA
The Latest News on Building a Hyperconnected City
Today in Present Value, we highlight a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City. We highlight Tel Aviv’s success in using smart new strategies for engaging and building trust among residents. Local governments can and should play an integral role in the development and growth of a smart city. A key component of this success is […]Read More
Today in Present Value, we highlight a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City. We review Las Vegas’ pilot system, highlighting two pilot programs specifically – a park safety pilot application and driving detection pilot. Instead of issuing traditional RFPs, Las Vegas has established a pilot system in which companies work with the city to […]Read More
In my new capacity as an ESI Senior Advisor I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on ESI Thoughtlab’s global research initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City. This project surveyed 100 cities across the globe about their use of advanced technologies, data, and analytics, along with returns on smart city investments. ESI economists used the […]Read More
Today in Present Value, we feature a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City, released by our thought leadership arm, ESI ThoughtLab. We review the successes and failures of the smart city projects in place in Kista Science City, Stockholm. The district of Kista is a major information and communication technology (ICT) cluster, second only […]Read More
This week in Present Value, we highlight a case study from Building a Hyperconnected City recently released by our thought leadership arm, ESI ThoughtLab. We take a look at the tools and processes Santiago, Chile has put in place to become a more hyperconnected city. The hyperconnected maturity of most emerging market cities lags those […]Read More
Please join ESI, Penn IUR, and Perry World House for an interactive discussion on findings from a year-long global assessment of smart city solutions. Presenters and panelists will explore how cities can go beyond current smart solutions to become ‘hyperconnected’ hubs generating large economic, social, and environmental benefits by linking key elements of their urban […]Read More
"Listening to communities about their needs and then incorporating their ideas info solutions is crucial—often the best thinking comes from residents."
-Nancy MacDonald, Vice President, Urban Places, Stantec
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Officially Launced at the 2019 Smart City Expo World Congress
For more information on our ground-breaking project, and information on how to join our coalition of leading experts, please contact us today.